Pixie shoes

Language Log 2019-09-08

A stylish clothing company comes up with sexy new shoes worthy of an elf or a pixie, and look at their ad:

Fair enough, but a Chinese speaker is likely to interpret "pixie" as signifying "píxié 皮鞋" ("[leather] shoes").

It's a similar sort of faux ami as this one, which might mean "SCHOOL GO" (xíng 行 ["go"]) to a Chinese.


[h.t. Perry Link]